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UmmHaarith Bint Hasheem Ismaeel Ibn Ahmad Khan (Birmingham)
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Extracted From The Tree Of  Faith By Al-Allamah'Abdur-Rahman Al- Sa'dee Rahimahullaah

One Is Comforted At the Onset Of Calamity And Hardship

One is faced with trails and difficulties in every moment of life but having faith and certainty serves to comfort and console one of them. Strong Faith, Reliance upon Allaah, Hope in the reward of Allaah and desire for His beneficence are the basic constituents that helps bring this state about. The sweetness of reward lessens the bitterness of sabr.Allaah Exalted is He says



إِن تَكُونُواْ تَأۡلَمُونَ فَإِنَّهُمۡ يَأۡلَمُونَ كَمَا تَأۡلَمُونَ‌ۖ وَتَرۡجُونَ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا يَرۡجُونَ‌ۗ



if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allżh (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not,  Sural Al Nisa (4: 104)

This is why you can find two people who have been afflicted with same calamity, or almost the same calamity; one of these two having faith and other not; and there is a huge difference between the states of the two and the ways that it affects them inwardly and outwardly.

Just as faith consoles one at the onset of calamities, it also console one when he does not attain, or loses, what he desires. Therefore if the believer loses his

beloved, be it his family, son, property, close friend, etc. His comforted by the sweetness of faith. Faith is the best replacement that the believer has for anything he loses, and this is something clearly seen and experienced. In reality, losing something beloved is counted amongst the calamities.



It was faith Of Yażqub that allowed his to bear the losing of his son Yusuf, despite his immense love for him. When his brothers asked him|(Yażqub) to allow Yusuf to come play with them he said



سُوۡرَةُ یُوسُف

قَالَ إِنِّى لَيَحۡزُنُنِىٓ أَن تَذۡهَبُواْ بِهِۦ (١٣)



He [Ya'qżb (Jacob)] said: "Truly, it saddens me that you should take him away.ż Sura Yusuf (12:13)

Thereby informing them that the cause of his grief, prevented him from letting him go, was that he would not be able to bear being away from him for even a mere hour. However, they argued with him until they were able to convince him



وَلَـٰكِن لِّيَقۡضِىَ ٱللَّهُ أَمۡرً۬ا ڪَانَ مَفۡعُولاً۬

But (you met) that Allżh might accomplish a matter already ordained (in His Knowledge);Sura Al Anfal (8:42)



So, if this was his state, having this intense love that cannot be expressed in words, is it possible to imagine that he could have born this separation for so many years. Rather one would expect the pain of parting with him would have soon rent asunder his lever! However it was the strength of his Faith(Imaan) and his hope in Allaah subhanwataażalaa that allowed his to restrain himself for all these years until Allaah subhanwataażalaa brought about the relief that He has promised the believers.

The mother of Moses,When the river bore him away, felt the loss of her son so acutely that it overcame her heart, and were it not for the fact that Allaah subhanawataażalaa established faith in her heart and her sure knowledge that the promise of Allaah subhanwataażalaa was true, she would surely have openly broadcast her calamity. However, her faith kept her firm at the onset of calamity, consoled her, and strengthened her.

The Prophet (  sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said in his great legacy {to Ibn Abbas}

Know Allaah times of ease, He will know you in times of Hardship (Recorded by Tirmidhee{2516} and Ahmad{1/293,303,307}and its saheeh)



Meaning know Allaah through faith and actions demanded by faith, while you are healthy and strong, Allaah will know you in times of hardship. He will strengthen you at the onset of hardship and help you through it to, treat it. The greatest hardship that afflicts the believer is the hardship of death and the throes of death.

This hadeeth constitutes glad tidings for every believer who know Allaah at times of ease, for He will aid them with His relief and mercy at times of need, hardship, weakness, and at times when the attacks of devils become sever against him. There is might or motion except with Allaah


Umm Haarith






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